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Prevention is always better than a cure – Increased protection in the workplace for sexual harassment

The Commonwealth Government has been under considerable pressure for months to step in to respond to several high-profile incidents of sexual harassment. The recent tabling in the Commonwealth Parliament of a Bill with a raft of amendments to Commonwealth sexual harassment legislation provides additional options for employees to take action in relation to occurrences of sexual harassment. These options are both preventative and potentially much less expensive.

Omnibus Bill: The end of ‘double dipping’

Following the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 (Rossato Decision), many casual employees in Australia were likely to have been categorised as permanent employees, on the basis that they:

Discrimination settlement extinguishes workers compensation rights

President Keating of the Workers Compensation Commission expressed it to be an unfortunate result when he entered an award for the respondent finding that a workers settlement of a discrimination claim extinguished her further rights to workers compensation.
  • 29 Jul 2016

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